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Valle Central, or Central Valley, is a large expanse of Chile that is one of the most significant wine producing regions in South America. It starts with the Maipo Valley around Santiago, all the way to the Maule Valley. There are many different types of terroirs and microclimates within it, as well as styles of viticulture from old school to modern. 
 
Valle Central is divided into four subregions, from north to south (and warmest to coolest):
*Maipo, the country’s most historic region, planted since the 16th century and home to the country’s oldest existing wineries. Closest to the capital Santiago.
*Rapel Valley, home to the famous Colchagua and Cachapoal subregions. 
*Curico Valley, pioneered in the 1970s by Miguel Torres and his disciples of modern viticulture.
*Maule Valley, one of the most prolific wine-producing regions in all of South America.
 
Most wines labeled as Central Valley or Valle Central can come from anywhere within these subregions Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

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  • Oh dear, more good French wines well under $20, even after import across the Atlantic. I'm liking Chambers Street more and more, the more I visit their offerings. These guys seem to understand wine in ways that I do and like. In their essay below there's a link to a current Asimov article on Muscadet. It's also well worth jumping to and reading.... Read More

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  • To me this is weird.A few years back I used to participate in the annual 'Togenkyo Marathon' up around the border of Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures, mountainous areas to the west of Tokyo. Already well into my office lifestyle I only attempted the 10k event, and that was plenty. Beautiful area, especially since the timing was when all the peac... Read More

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  • No, the fog there is somewhat different.  All the fog forms as a result of ... ... get the huge effect from the Central Valley.  The Central Coast is unusual because they have a number of small east -west running valleys.  So the inland areas heat up (SLO is a lot hotter than Cayucos, and Paso hotter still) albeit not quite like the Central Val... Read More

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  • Snoother 15196584. Thanks for the updated info. Seems that you're based in ... ... counties. Not so sure the Central Valley is the influence there it is further north. Read More

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  • Thanks, Ogre, for that listing. Pyramid Valley pinots were what first put Central Otago on the map for me. Shocked me full awake, first tasting. Cloudy Bay SBs, on the other hand, make me gag. I remember back in about 1992 I thought they were the cat's meow for something out of a heretofore unknown, nascent wine region. But they just kept gettin... Read More

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  • DMcKer,I am rather partial to the Pinot Noir from Central Otago(From fair to expensive) eg Felton Rd (and their Chardonnay, Mt Difficulty, Gibbston Valley, Chard Farm,Rockburn. The "Gimblett Gravel" wines from Hawke's Bay eg Trinity Hill Cab/Merlot, Craggy Range Le Sol, Te Mata "Coleraine" and Bullnose Shiraz, Waiheke Island Cabernet (Expensive)... Read More

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  • Hi everyone.  My wife Sandra and I have been into wine for the past few years and that's led to a few trips to Napa Valley and related areas in 2012 and 2013.  We enjoy all wines but reds are our favorites.  We hosted our first wine tasting party last night and it was a fun event - sixteen wine lovers trying different wines in a blind tasting.  ... Read More

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  • TASTING DIRTY AND ROWDY WITH HARDY WALLACE - Puchdown Cellars - Santa Rosa (4/23/2014)I stopped by Punchdown today to see Hardy and pick up my 2012 Shake Ridge Mourvèdre from the prior release. BTW Fox, I picked up your wine as well so you know where it is when you want it. He had a couple hours to kill so he popped open his current release amon... Read More

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  • Dmcker,I cannot give specifics happening at present as far as purposeful inclusion of brettanomyces in wine.... but I did notice a certain "trend" happening after the Sideways (movie)  influence on Pinot. Napa was the biggest culprit that I experienced.  Suddenly, many wineries were making Pinot, and not doing it well.  When out tasting, they wo... Read More

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  • "smelled like a pig farm on a 100degree Central Valley day"Only someone who's been there can truly appreciate that ripe, 'barnyard' analogy. A sweetness to the rotten funk, with a crisp edge that you don't get from a hot and damp pigfarm on the Gulf Coast or southern Japan, or a cool and damp one in northern Britain. Or maybe I'm just thinking o... Read More

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